Name: Erin Ready, MPH
Program: Master of Public Health
Why did you take this program?
During my previous training as a clinical pharmacist, I developed a keen interest in HIV. From a pharmacist’s perspective, I found it really rewarding to help patients understand their medications and minimize their side effects. I also found that I’m just as interested in the history and social aspects of HIV, the public health initiatives to help prevent the spread of the virus, and the degree to which HIV medicine has evolved over the past several decades. I thought an MPH would be a good way to stimulate these interests, so I began to research MPH programs. The program at UBC was an obvious choice for me: from courses in epidemiology and statistics to global health to the health of Indigenous people in Canada, the UBC MPH program offered an array of courses that I was interested in, and it was located in the city I’ve been calling home for a few years now: Vancouver!
What was the most valuable part of your program? What one skill, lesson, way of thinking etc have you found the most valuable and why?
My practicum was definitely the most valuable part of the program. I did my practicum at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS with Dr. David Moore as my supervisor. I was involved in research that examined the attributable risk of mortality associated with smoking and chronic diseases among people living with HIV who are receiving antiretroviral therapy in British Columbia. I’m proud to have been able to present our research at HIV conferences in Canada and the USA, where I had the opportunity to connect with and learn from other clinicians and researchers in my field of interest.
What’s next for you?
After graduation, I’m going travelling for a couple of weeks, and then I’m resuming full-time status as a clinical pharmacist at Vancouver General Hospital. I’m also working on finishing up some projects that I began working on during my degree.